In addition to either 40 or 80 GBytes of memory for storing and viewing digital photos and video in a 5.3 × 3.1 × 1.1-inch package, this photo album also plays MP3 tunes. The unit’s 3.6-inch LCD display allows viewing image files in JPEG, TIFF, GIF, BMP and RAW formats or video in MPEG-1, MPEG-4, WMV9 and MJPEG formats. For picture-perfect viewing, the display requires backlighting and the built-in speaker requires audio amplification. In addition to these analog functions, several dc-to-dc converters or low drop out regulators provide the various supply voltages for other features such as reading external memory cards, the FM tuner or voice recorder.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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